Class 4A’s fourth ranked A-D-M Tigers welcomed in a non conference foe to end the week Friday, June 22 against Knoxville.
Yet again, early offense and some big bats helped the Tigers to earn the win, this time by a 9-0 final.
There were only two scoring innings all game long, but when the Tigers scored, they scored in bunches. The long ball kicked off the game in the bottom of the first as Brooke Hickey blasted her third home run of the season. That helped to plate two of the four runs scored by A-D-M in the first inning. RBI doubles by Ashley Tennant and Abbie Hlas counted for the other two runs.
The game would follow a 4-0 Tiger lead all the way until the sixth inning where Ashley Tennant sparked a five run inning courtesy of her ninth home run of the season. On a 1-1 count, the senior blasted a shot to center field to plate three runs which brought her season RBI total to 40 which currently ties for the best mark in the Raccoon River Conference.
It was a spectacular performance inside the circle for Abbie Hlas who allowed just three hits all game long. Only five Knoxville batters made it onto the base paths as the A-D-M sophomore sent twelve batters back to the dugout via strikeout. Hlas brings her strikeout total to a conference best 254 and now has seven double digit strikeout games.
Tough sledding has been a theme for opposing offenses facing Hlas this season. The young hurler has held opposing bats to under .170 average.
The Tigers are now 26-4 on the season and will resume their season tomorrow evening in a home contest against Winterset.